Patricia Barfield, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


Patricia “Patty” Barfield, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of nursing at the OHSU SON on the La Grande campus, and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) who is focused on children’s well-being. Her dissertation study, “Life Satisfaction in Children with ADHD,” provided child-centered insight into what makes life “really good” for children living with ADHD and activated her interest and inquiry into the role of nature in children’s mental health.

Dr. Barfield collaborates on rural research projects, including the Oregon Primary Care Transformation (OPACT) study, which seeks to expand the role of registered nurses (RNs) on primary care teams.

Education and training

    • A.D.N., 1981, Blue Mountain Community College
    • B.S.N., 1995, Boise State University
    • M.S.N., 2005, University of Phoenix
    • M.N., 2007, Oregon Health & Science University
    • Ph.D., 2017, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Certifications

    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) Certification (PMHNP-BC)

Memberships and associations:

  • Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center (NEOAHEC) Board Member
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Member & Peer Reviewer
  • Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Member
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Psi Chapter, Member & Campus Counselor

Areas of interest

  • Children/adolescents, mental health/well-being, outdoor/nature, rural health issues, art-based, qualitative, and mixed-methods.

Honors and awards

  • Deans Award Dean’s Award for Doctoral Dissertation OHSU School of Nursing, 2016
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Psi Chapter, Naomi Ballard Nursing Research Award November, 2015


Selected publications

  • Barfield, P.A. (2018). Life satisfaction in children with ADHD: Looking beyond proxy reports. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric
  • Nursing
  • Barfield, P.A. & Driessnack M. (2018) Children with ADHD draw-and-tell about what makes their life really good. Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing; 12210.  [Top downloaded article 2017-2018 Wiley]
  • Izumi, S., Barfield, P.A., Basin, S.B., Mood, L., Neunzert, C., Tadesse, R…, Taner, C.A. (2018). Care Coordination: Identifying and connecting the most appropriate care to the patients. Research in Nursing & Health, 41, 49-56. Doi:10.1002/nur.21843


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